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Our church is the home of people with Open Hearts and Open Minds, where being different is Not a sin, where we live by principles instead of creeds, and where we believe in life before death.  There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

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Our popular Sunday morning discussion group, with topics on religion, philosophy, society & culture, politics. And we really like coffee!
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UUCL Groups

Anyone meeting together for a shared purpose is considered a Covenant Group.  We have a Music Group, a Meditation Group,  Read more...
Chalice of Many Religions

Religious Education

Our RE Classes help children and young adults to explore other religions, philosophies, and cultures.  This is one of the most popular programs we have at UUCL.
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Community Outreach

UUs take their obligation to serve the community very seriously.  Our two major outreach programs are Family Promise to serve homeless families, and involvement with Cameron Campus Ministries. Read more...
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The Flaming Chalice

 

The Symbol of Unitarian Universalist Faith

 


A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot), represents the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and is a symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith.

 

"At the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work."
—Dan Hotchkiss

 

The lighting of the chalice is usually accompanied by a brief reading; please visit our WorshipWeb for sample chalice lighting words.

 

Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love. Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the image. To learn more about the history of our Unitarian Universalist symbol, please read the pamphlet, "The Flaming Chalice."

 

Our current official UUA logo was designed to offer a visual representation of a modern and dynamic faith. Unitarian Universalist congregations are free to use the UUA's logo in their congregational work, but they are not required to do so. Because of this, you may see many different styles of flaming chalices and other images used by Unitarian Universalist congregations.

(adapted from the Unitarian Universalist Association website)

 

UU History

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two different religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago. In America, the Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. After consolidating in 1961, these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. Originally, all Unitarians were Christians who didn't believe in the Holy Trinity of God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), but in the unity, or single aspect, of God. Later, Unitarian beliefs stressed the importance of rational thinking, a direct relationship with God, and the humanity of Jesus. Universalism emerged as a Christian denomination with a central belief in universal salvation; that is, that all people will eventually be reconciled with God.

Since the merger of the two denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.

To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, please see the pamphlet, "Unitarian Universalist Origins: Our Historic Faith."

For information on past presidents of the Unitarian Universalist Association, please see UUA Past Presidents.

Visit our History in Brief pages to read about notable people and events from our Unitarian Universalist past.

The Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society sponsors an online index of hundreds of leading Unitarian Universalists in their Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography (DUUB).

(adapted from the Unitarian Universalist Association website)

Will My Beliefs Be Accepted?

Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with diverse beliefs. There is a rich dialogue in our congregations about many spiritual topics. Below are some topics that newcomers are often curious about.

Spiritual Practice and Prayer
Existence of a Higher Power
Life and Death
Inspiration and Guidance
Sacred Texts

In addition to holding different beliefs on spiritual topics, individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify with and draw inspiration fromAtheism and AgnosticismBuddhismChristianityHumanismJudaismPaganism, and other religious or philosophical traditions.

Our Unitarian Universalist faith has evolved through a long history, with theological origins in European Christian traditions. Today Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith which allows individual Unitarian Universalists the freedom to search for truth on many paths. While our congregations uphold shared principles, individual Unitarian Universalists may discern their own beliefs about spiritual, ethical, and theological issues.

(adapted from the Unitarian Universalist Association website)

Unitarian Universalism

The UUA

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization (PDF) that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.

Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic. Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.

Each of the 1,041 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas are democratic in polity and operation; they govern themselves. They unite in the Association to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves. Each congregation is associated with one of the UUA’s 19 districts.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.


 

History

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two different religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago. In America, the Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. After consolidating in 1961, these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. Originally, all Unitarians were Christians who didn't believe in the Holy Trinity of God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), but in the unity, or single aspect, of God. Later, Unitarian beliefs stressed the importance of rational thinking, a direct relationship with God, and the humanity of Jesus. Universalism emerged as a Christian denomination with a central belief in universal salvation; that is, that all people will eventually be reconciled with God.

Since the merger of the two denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.

To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, please see the pamphlet, "Unitarian Universalist Origins: Our Historic Faith."

For information on past presidents of the Unitarian Universalist Association, please see UUA Past Presidents.

Visit our History in Brief pages to read about notable people and events from our Unitarian Universalist past.

The Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society sponsors an online index of hundreds of leading Unitarian Universalists in their Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography (DUUB).

(adapted from the Unitarian Universalist Association website)

UUCL History

This section is a collection of stories, pictures, and videos recounting the history of UUCL.  If you have something you'd like to add, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Russell Bennett on the history of UUCL during the Dedication Service on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

 

 

Beverly...

The Early DaysI was reminiscing with Pat Hankins yesterday about the early days of the church. Remember, Patsy, you brought your keyboard to church, Chuck came along very early and started playing for us despite having had a stroke leaving him little use of his right arm (I believe it was right one). Then when I ran into Helen Hatch I found out they had an electronic organ in their home they would like to give us, we acquired that and Chuck could play it very well using his legs on pedal to compensate for what his arm couldn't do. Patsy, you designed and worked on the church banner we used at SUUSI and conferences and became Membership chair which you remained to this day. Ellen, you came along Charter Sunday and have been so active since and have been Worship chair for all but about the first four or five years probably. Russell, you, Ginny, Bill Davies, Boyd and I were very interested in UU Church (you and Ginny already being UUs in Okla City), and Sondra, a UU, came bringing Susanne Bellin to the meeting at Ginny's in Jan 1993 after a brief was put in the paper by Ginny. I know my daughter, Tracy, had been talking to Ginny, you and Boyd about a UU church since she knew I was interested in that after going to Okla City church with the Davies (the three of you were active in LCT and she was chair of something then at LCT). Tracy knew I was unhappy at my church and that I felt I had found what I needed at First U, O.C. Anyway, we had a wonderful group for a year and a half and finally felt we must try to organize a church, which we did at a public meeting at Town Hall in Sept 1994. Bill Davies had corresponded with UUA in Boston.

It was difficult getting started, but we had some help from Ron Robinson, the founder of the UU Church in Tahlequah. Sondra was supreme help because she was a long time UU who had been very active.

A note sent from Beverly to be read at our Dedication Service on Sunday, June 23, 2013:

To My Church Family,

I deeply regret not being with you for Open House and Dedication Sunday Service, June 23rd.  My involvement with helping to establish a fellowship of people interested in Unitarian Universalist beliefs and principles, and then helping to found the Unitarian Universalist Church in Lawton, is the most important thing I have done in my life, second only to my husband,  Bill, and three daughters.

I have faith that the leadership and members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton in place now will carry it forward into the future with the dedication and effort they have been showing.  We will all be an important influence in the city of Lawton for the betterment of our community, as well as our faith.

Yours in Love, Beverley


Patsy...

UUCL Charter Sunday, June 4, 1995I attended a public meeting at Town Hall to form a Unitarian church and have attended continuously ever since. Jack came with me to see what the organizational meeting was all about, but he didn’t start coming regularly until a year later.

A small correction: Ted Metzler was the first one who played the keyboard. He would put one of those plastic lawn chairs with the arms facing him, then he would put the keyboard across the arms of the chair. He couldn’t play very well, but better than any of the rest of us. We individually bought our own hymnals.

As I remember, there was only about 12 or 15 of us. We met in one room of the Davenport building and sat in white plastic lawn chairs. I kept sliding out of them. I think Sondra bought the lawn chairs. That room had a small room built into the southwest corner and we put the children in there. We took turns working with the children.

Adult Forum met at the back of the room. There was an old kitchen table that we sat around. I led Adult Forum for several years using materials from UUA and from articles in World magazine.
After Jack started coming, he and I made the coffee for five or six years.

The church as a group would take trips to the Wildlife Reservation, and once we went to Ardmore to Chickasaw Recreation Area and Turner Falls.

 

 

Leadership

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  • Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with diverse beliefs. There is a rich dialogue in our congregations about many spiritual topics. Below are some topics that newcomers are often curious about.

     

    Spiritual Practice and Prayer
    Existence of a Higher Power
    Life and Death
    Inspiration and Guidance
    Sacred Texts

     

    In addition to holding different beliefs on spiritual topics, individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify with and draw inspiration from Atheism and AgnosticismBuddhismChristianityHumanismJudaismPaganism, and other religious or philosophical traditions.

     

    Read more...

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    Symbol of Unitarian Universalist Faith

     

    A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot), represents the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and is a symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith.

     

    "At the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work."
    —Dan Hotchkiss

    Read more...

  • The UUA

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization (PDF) that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.

     

    Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic. Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.

     

    Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.

     

    Read more...

UUA News

UUA.org Top Stories

Updates from the Unitarian Universalist Association UUA.org Top Stories
  • UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray reflects on showing up for love and justice in Charlottesville, VA. Continue reading Love Showed Up Today in Charlottesville.

  • The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Co-Moderators following the passing of our beloved Moderator Jim Key in June. We are delighted that Mr. Barb Greve and Elandria Williams have agreed to serve as Co-Moderators until a special election for Moderator can be held at the 2018 General Assembly. Continue reading UUA Board of Trustees Appoints Two Co-Moderators.

  • UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump's plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military: Continue reading UUA President: Transgender Ban is Blatant Discrimination.

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.  We are a Welcoming Congregation dedicated to the free and responsible search for truth and meaning in life, and we welcome all regardless of belief, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

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